Sports Baltimore Orioles, Ravens superfan Mo Gaba dies at 14 after cancer battle
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The Baltimore pro sports community lost an inspiration Tuesday.
Mo Gaba, the young Ravens and Orioles diehard, died following his fifth battle with cancer. He was 14.
Hours before his passing, the Orioles inducted Gaba into the team Hall of Fame as the second recipient of the Wild Bill Hagy award.
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“Mo’s positive energy has been constant throughout every battle and continues to bring the entire city of Baltimore together in the face of ongoing crisis,” the Orioles said in a statement. “His unwavering positivity and kindness are qualities every Baltimorean aspires to emulate. Mo Gaba has impacted more people in his 14 years than most people do in an entire lifetime, and the Orioles are honored to forever celebrate him as a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame.”
Our most dedicated fan is forever with us in our Hall of Fame.— Baltimore Orioles ???? (@Orioles)
His passion made him a favorite among players; Gaba and Adam Jones (formerly of the Orioles) became close through the Purple Tailgate, a Ravens’ pregame fundraiser for the youngster each fall. Trey Mancini, who was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer before spring training, took over Jones’ hosting role after his departure from Baltimore and attended Gaba’s middle school graduation.
Orioles face prospect of opening without Means, Smith
The Baltimore Orioles placed outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. on the 10-day injured list Monday, and manager Brandon Hyde isn't sure if left-hander John Means will be able to start the opener at Boston on Friday night. Baltimore will start the season without outfielder Stevie Wilkerson, who fractured a finger on his left hand in an exhibition game at Philadelphia on Sunday night and will miss “significant time," Hyde said Monday night after the Orioles' 4-2 exhibition loss to Washington. The loss of Wilkerson and Smith's uncertain status leaves the Orioles lacking outfield depth.
“There is no one more deserving of this incredible honor than Mo,” Mancini said in a statement. “Throughout his battles with cancer, Mo never lost his kind spirit, his sense of humor, or his love of the Orioles.
“Rest In Peace, my friend,” Mancini tweeted. “Your kindness, bravery, and positivity has left a lasting impact on all of us who were lucky enough to have met you. You have truly made this world a better place. We love you, Mo.”
Truly honored to have been able to meet this gentle soul. Mo GABA, you were a true inspiration, and a pleasure to be around. Your legacy will shine on!!— Cedric Mullins (@cedmull30)
Rest In Peace, my friend. Your kindness, bravery, and positivity has left a lasting impact on all of us who were lucky enough to have met you. You have truly made this world a better place. We love you, Mo.
Report: Ravens' Fluker allegedly victim of domestic violence
Baltimore Ravens guard D.J. Fluker says he's repeatedly been a victim of domestic abuse, according to police documents obtained by Austin Denean of WBFF. Kimberly Davis, the mother of Fluker's child, was arrested July 13 for allegedly punching the lineman in the face during an argument at their home in Reisterstown, Maryland. While Davis said she didn't intentionally hit him, Fluker told police that Davis has assaulted him several times over the course of their long-term relationship.Fluker also told police that another incident occurred June 29.Davis is facing charges of second-degree assault and destruction of property for the July 13 incident.— Trey Mancini (@TreyMancini)
"I just want to say my heart is with Mo's parents, friends and family because he was a great kid," Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson told reporters Wednesday. "He really didn't get able to express his ability to show the world what he was made of, and I just want to say my heart goes to him. He was a great soul.
Gaba’s first battle with cancer left him blind from the time he was nine months old. In 2019, he became the first person to announce a NFL draft pick using braille.
"The world has lost a beautiful spirit and a shining light. With his infectious laugh, amazing love of life and love of Baltimore sports, Mo captured the hearts of not only our organization, but the entire state of Maryland," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement.
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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles will attempt to navigate an abbreviated baseball season without their most productive player, a severe shortage of outfielders and a precarious starting rotation. On March 12, the same day that the coronavirus outbreak brought spring training to an abrupt halt, rising star Trey Mancini underwent colon cancer surgery. After batting .291 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs in 2019 for the last-place Orioles, the 28-year-old outfielder is receiving chemotherapy treatments and is out for the season. That’s a huge blow for a rebuilding team coming off two straight 100-loss seasons. “He was our leader,” young outfielder Austin Hays said.